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Reiki and Stress

posted 19 Jun 2013, 19:01 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 9 Dec 2013, 14:41 ]

Reiki and Stress; Who would benefit from Reiki and why do we need it?

To begin: What is Reiki?

The word Reiki, comes from Japan is made up of two syllables “Rei” translated as “Universal” and “Ki”, also known as “Prana” in Sanskrit or “chi” in Chinese medicine, stands for “life force energy”, together meaning “universal life force energy”.  

Everything that exists is made up of energy, including us. When our energy is low, we are more likely to feel run down, or get sick. But what causes us to have low energy? The main answer is stress!...

What causes Stress?

Stress can be caused by many different things;

Mental stress can be caused from worry; about health, financial stability, about family members, friends or work and commonly about the future with the phrase “if this or that happens”.

Mental stress exhaustion can be caused from thinking too hard! Not just in academic jobs such as a lawyer, teacher or doctor, but in everyday tasks that we all do; planning, trying to think of new ideas, new strategies, ways to improve a situation, problem solving, studying, translating or using a language that isn’t your own!  (This can include the language of the computer world!)

Physical stress can be often caused from physically working too hard, not only in physical jobs or activities such as the gym but also through physical daily tasks for instance, carrying something awkward and heavy, sitting uncomfortably for long periods of time (travelling) and activities not often thought of; sitting in a draft or walking in uncomfortable shoes! Physical stress pushes our bodies to the limit without enough break, or repositioning!

The activities are endless! Each problem varies in size and affects people differently, but in some way or another it caused stress on the body and mind, and often both, if ignored!

It can be so easy to affected by stress, But what can be done?

The answer is simple, awareness, prevention and cure.

Awareness is the start. Looking at our own lives and seeing what affects us personally, in our home lives, jobs, relationships and routine. The first step often is the hardest to acknowledge what we need to change and admitting that often we put up with situations which we can change for a calmer lifestyle. If we don’t see what we are doing to cause the problems in our lives we will only ever be looking for a short term fix to help us get through a few days!

Prevention is the next stage and always better than a cure, by being self-aware you help to prevent stress in your life before the buildup leads to a breakdown and exhaustion. How can we prevent stress? A few ideas below are well known but often forgotten,
  • Drink more water than you drink carbonated or caffeine drinks
  • Sleep 8 uninterrupted hours a night
  • Eat a variety, balanced diet (a good tip is to try and make your plat like a rainbow – full of natural colour – not artificial!)
  • Exercise regularly; Yoga classes or dance classes and if you don’t like to go to the gym, you can get off the bus one or two stops before your destination and walk and breathe in the fresh air!
  • Meditate; is used to clear the mind from clutter and worry which leads to stress. A wonderful form of meditation is listening to your favorite music and relaxing for 20 minutes, without thinking of what you need to do or where you need to go!
  • Keep a track of your finances, what you spend your extra money on, keeping a list, helps you see where your excess spending is, and allows you to control it!
  • Taking regular breaks, in any activity you do, in your job, gym routine or house cleaning, setting a task to do then rewarding yourself with a beak and a walk in the fresh air to relax.
  • Doing something fun! Dancing, socializing, swim in the sea! Something to relax!
  • Treat yourself! Have regular massage treatments, focus on head massages to help improve sleep and reduce stress, or treat yourself to a yummy meal in your favorite restaurant!
  • Lastly but most importantly looking at your daily activity and what you do, how you sit/stand/walk, is your TV at one angle which makes your neck twist, do you always sleep on one side? Looking and what can cause stress on your body, and trying to change simple things daily.

Cure is the last option, which can actually be the start, to help you get back on track if it has already gone too far! Treat yourself to a relaxing treatment a massage or a Reiki treatment, a little boost like this can be all you need to get back on track to your life and to allow yourself to organize your stress levels better.

What does Reiki do?

If simple terms Reiki allows your body to deeply relax on all levels, physical, emotional and spiritual. Deep relaxation gives you a complete rest allowing the body to heal itself and come back into balance (stress free). Some levels of stress are higher than others and often on the first Reiki treatment the mind can work overtime, as we often aren’t used to allowing the body to unwind and rest but quickly the mind will rest and relax.

Reiki treatments are a wonderful thing to experience, but sometimes not practical, due to not living near a Reiki practitioner, therefore there is also an option to study the level 1 Reiki course which allows you to give yourself treatments whenever you need them, and work on your friends and family, if it is them the need the balancing!

I would recommend a course of 3 Reiki treatments to start with, the first to break down and stress, the second to deal with any problems and the third to rebuild and strengthen again!

If you would like any more information about Reiki treatments or Courses please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Reiki y el estrés

¿Quién se beneficiaría de Reiki y por qué lo necesitamos?

Para comenzar con lo que es el Reiki?

La palabra Reiki, viene de Japón se compone de dos sílabas "Rei" se traduce como "Universal" y "Ki",
​​también conocido como "Prana" en sánscrito o "chi" en la medicina china, significa "energía vital", junto que significa "energía vital universal".

Todo lo que existe está compuesto de energía, incluyendo nosotros. Cuando nuestra energía es baja, es más probable que se sienta agotado, o se enferma. Pero lo que nos hace tener poca energía? La respuesta principal es el estrés! ...

El estrés puede ser causado por muchas cosas diferentes;

El estrés mental puede ser causado por preocuparse, por la salud, la estabilidad financiera, sobre los miembros de la familia, amigos o trabajo y de uso común en el futuro con la frase "si sucede esto o aquello".
Agotamiento por estrés mental puede ser causado por pensar demasiado! No sólo en trabajos académicos, tales como un abogado, maestro o doctor, pero en las tareas cotidianas que todos nos hacemos, la planificación, tratando de pensar en nuevas ideas, nuevas estrategias, formas de mejorar una situación, resolución de problemas, estudiar, traducir o mediante un lenguaje que no es el suyo! (Esto puede incluir el lenguaje del mundo de la informática!)
El estrés físico puede ser causada de trabajo físico muy duro, no sólo en trabajos físicos o actividades tales como el gimnasio, pero también a través de las tareas cotidianas físicas, por ejemplo, llevando algo torpe y pesado, que se sienta incómodo por largos períodos de tiempo (itinerante) y actividades No a menudo considerado; sentado en un proyecto o caminar en zapatos incómodos! El estrés físico empuja nuestros cuerpos al límite y sin suficiente descanso, o reposicionamiento!

Las actividades son infinitas! Cada problema varía en tamaño y afecta a personas de manera diferente, pero de alguna u otra forma en que causó tensión en el cuerpo y la mente, y con frecuencia ambas cosas, si se ignoran!

Puede ser tan fácil de afectados por el estrés, pero qué se puede hacer?

La respuesta es simple, la conciencia, la prevención y la cura.

La conciencia es el comienzo. En cuanto a nuestras propias vidas y ver lo que nos afecta personalmente, en nuestras vidas en casa, trabajos, relaciones y la rutina. El primer paso suele ser el más difícil de reconocer lo que tenemos que cambiar y admitir que a menudo nos ponemos al día con situaciones que podemos cambiar un estilo de vida más tranquilo. Si no vemos lo que estamos haciendo para hacer que los problemas en nuestras vidas, sólo llegaremos estar buscando una solución a corto plazo para ayudar a conseguir a través de un par de días!

La prevención es la siguiente fase y siempre es mejor que curar, por ser consciente de sí mismo le ayudará a prevenir el estrés en su vida antes de que la acumulación conduce a una crisis y el agotamiento. ¿Cómo podemos prevenir el estrés? Algunas ideas a continuación son bien conocidos, pero a menudo olvidados;

  • Beba más agua que usted bebe bebidas gaseosas o cafeína
  • Dormir 8 horas ininterrumpidas por noche
  • Coma una dieta equilibrada y variedad,(un buen consejo es tratar de hacer su plato como un arco iris - lleno de color natural - no artificial)
  • Haga ejercicio regularmente, classes de yoga baile etc y si no te gusta ir al gimnasio, puede bajarse del autobús una o dos paradas antes de su destino y caminar y respirar el aire fresco!
  • Medita, se utiliza para despejar la mente de desorden y preocupación que conduce a la tensión. Una maravillosa forma de meditación es escuchar su música favorita y relajarse durante 20 minutos, sin pensar en lo que hay que hacer o donde tiene que ir!
  • Mantenga un registro de sus finanzas, lo que gasta su dinero extra, manteniendo una lista, le ayuda a ver dónde está su exceso de gasto, y le permite controlarlo!
  • Tomar descansos regulares, en cualquier actividad que haces, en tu trabajo, rutina de gimnasio o limpiar la casa, estableciendo una tarea que hacer y luego premiarse con un pico y una caminata al aire libre para relajarse.
  • Hacer algo divertido! Bailar, socializar, nadar en el mar! Algo para relajarse!
  • Disfrute! Tener tratamientos regulares de masajes, se centran en masajes de cabeza para ayudar a mejorar el sueño y reducir el estrés, o disfrutar de una comida deliciosa en su restaurante favorito!
  • Por último, pero lo más importante es mirar a su actividad diaria y lo que haces, cómo te sientas / caminas etc ver si el televisor este en un ángulo que hace que el giro del cuello, o ¿siempre duemes en un lado? Buscas que puede causar estrés en su cuerpo, y tratar de cambiar las cosas simples todos los días.

Cure es la última opción, que en realidad puede ser el comienzo, para ayudarle a volver a la pista si ya ha ido demasiado lejos! Disfrute de un tratamiento relajante de un masaje o un tratamiento de Reiki, un poco de impulso de este tipo puede ser todo lo que necesita para volver a la pista a tu vida y que te permita organizar mejor sus niveles de estrés.

¿Qué hace el Reiki?

Si los términos simples Reiki permite que su cuerpo se relaje profundamente en todos los niveles, físico, emocional y espiritual. La relajación profunda le da un descanso completo permitiendo que el cuerpo se cure a sí mismo y volver al equilibrio (sin estrés). Algunos niveles de estrés son más altos que otros y muchas veces en el primer tratamiento de Reiki la mente puede trabajar horas extras, ya que a menudo no estamos acostumbrados a permitir que el cuerpo para relajarse y descansar, pero rápidamente la mente a descansar y relajarse.
Tratamientos de Reiki son una cosa maravillosa para experimentar, pero a veces no es práctico, debido a que no viven cerca de una practicante de Reiki, por lo tanto, también hay una opción para estudiar el nivel 1 de Reiki curso que le permite dar a ti mismo tratamiento cuando lo necesite, y el trabajo en sus amigos y familia, si ellos es la necesidad del equilibrio!

Yo recomendaría un curso de 3 tratamientos de Reiki, para empezar, el primero en romper y el estrés, la segunda para hacer frente a los problemas y el tercero para reconstruir y fortalecer de nuevo!

Si desea más información sobre los tratamientos de Reiki o cursos por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

Reasons to do Yoga on the Beach!

posted 6 Jun 2013, 09:03 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 20 Jun 2013, 17:06 ]

Due to lots
of publicity about yoga in the press, and famous people now doing yoga, we all now know why Yoga is good for you… It improves flexibility, balance, strength; it improves your breathing, and helps reduce stress and anxiety to name but a few!

But why practice Yoga on the Beach???...

Here are just few reasons to get you outside and practicing!

1) Sunshine! Practicing at any time of day, and you will receive the wonderful benefits we all feel when out in the sun! Sunlight helps the body take in vital vitamin D, which is helps our body absorb calcium!! It is also extremely important to people with SAD (season affective disorder), so if you are travelling take advantage of the sunshine as much as you can! But remember to practice early or in the late afternoon is important in very hot climates, and use sun protection too!!
2) Fresh Air! One of the reasons why we all love yoga, is because it connects the body to breath and movement. In a normal practice you feel the benefits when you breathe, but on the beach you breathe fresh clean air! Fresh air is said to clean your lungs and strengthen your immune system, it also makes you
3) Improves Balance!! If you can do a tree pose, in the uneven sand, then you will be able to do it more confidently on a wooden floor!
4) Relaxation! It is one thing to listen to a relaxing CD of the sounds of waves, in a normal yoga studio and it is another to actually practice alongside them, with the warmth of the sun on your face and the smell of sea salt in the air! If you are lucky you might hear a few birds chirping too!
5) Mental Challenge! Yoga on the beach, helps you to practice not only the physical side of yoga, but it also takes you to other levels, such as helping you improve your patience, concentration, self-awareness and being present in the moment, by dealing with simple challenges as the sand not being level, the sun in your eyes, a street dog coming over to say hello, all the wonders of being outside, help you improve your practice for the better!
6) Refreshing Wind! Often a yoga practice can be hot and sweaty, especially if you practice Ashtanga or a Vinyasa flow style class! Practicing outside and feeling the occasional gentle breeze, is refreshing and
much appreciated!
7) Nature! Apart from seeing stunning upside-down sunrises and sunsets and feel that natural high when a tiny bird comes close to you, or you see a fish jump out of the water, when else would you reach overhead in a sun salutation for the sky and seeing the beautiful fluffy clouds and not a wooden or concrete ceiling?
8) Great Surf Warm-up! If you are surf lover, or just love swimming in the open sea, an early morning yoga practice is a fantastic total body warm up before you dive in to the crisp cool morning water! Even if you don't normally swim, it is very uplifting to have a quick dip in the sea after a sweaty practice to cool you down!
9) Economical! Practicing on the beach is free! Or if you would like a class usually the classes are a low price or pay what you can! One less reason not to start!
10) Social! Another positive side to doing yoga on the beach is that you often see friends or meet passers-by who decide to join in! This can be a mixture of being sociable and meeting new people, at the same time it can be challenge to not be distracted in your self-practice and forget why you are really there!
11) Schedule! you dont need to fit a class in to your busy routine! The beach is always there ( and if you are lucky, sun too!) So yo uhave one less excuse not to do some exercise!
12) Fun! Where else would you be distracted by watching surfers, or amazed at how the sky looks in this very moment
13) Holiday feeling! If you live on a beach (Like me) You are lucky, if not, why not take advantage of being on the beach, a feeling of compelete relaxation, the warmth of the sun, knowing you don´t have anywhere to rush off to!
14) Stretch a little longer! Practicing in such a calming environment encourages you to feel relaxed, knowing that you can practice for as little or as long as you want to! This meaning you can say a little longer in each pose, to get a deeper stretch.
15) Encourgae Othes! Have you ever noticed that certain places are full of energetic people, (I remeber a visit to Stanley park in Vancouver I had that impression!)Everywhere you see are joggers, bikers, walkers, people doing thai chi in the park! By doing exercise outside you inspire others to do the same, therefore creating a health enviroment to live in!

If I haven't given you enough reasons, why don't you come down to the beach and see if you can't think of your own reasons to practicing yoga on the beach! Or contact me for more details.

Razones para la práctica del yoga en la playa!

Debido a la gran cantidad de publicidad sobre el yoga por parte de la prensa, y gente famosa ahora haciendo yoga, ahora todos sabemos por qué el yoga es bueno para ti... Mejora la flexibilidad, el equilibrio, la fuerza, la respiración, ayuda a reducir el estrés y la ansiedad; por nombrar sólo unos pocos!

Pero ¿por qué la prácticar yoga en la playa??? ...

Éstas son sólo algunas de las razones para practicarlo!

  1. Luz del Sol! Practicar en cualquier momento del día, y recibirá los beneficios maravillosos que todos sentimos cuando están en el sol! La luz del sol ayuda al cuerpo a tomar vitamina D, que ayuda a nuestro cuerpo a absorber el calcio. También es muy importante para las personas con SAD (trastorno afectivo estacional), así que si usted está viajando, aprovecha la luz del sol tanto como puedas! Pero recuerde practicar temprano o por la tarde, que es importante en climas muy calientes, y el uso de protección solar también!
  2. Aire Fresco! Una de las razones por las que a todos nos gusta el yoga, se debe a que conecta el cuerpo con la respiración y el movimiento. En una práctica normal se sienten los beneficios al respirar, pero en la playa respira aire fresco y limpio! El aire fresco se usa para limpiar sus pulmones y fortalecer su sistema inmunológico, sino que también te hace feliz!
  3. Mejora la balanza! Si usted puede hacer una pose de árbol, en la arena desigual, entonces tu serás capaz de hacerlo con más confianza en un piso de madera!
  4. Relax! Una cosa es escuchar un CD de relajación de los sonidos de las olas, en un estudio normal, el yoga y la otra es en realidad practicar junto a ellos, con el calor del sol en la cara y el olor de la sal del mar en el aire! Si tienes suerte, es posible escuchar algunos pájaros cantando también!
  5. Desafío Mental! El Yoga en la playa, ayuda a ejercitar, no sólo la parte física del yoga, sino que también te lleva a otros niveles, como ayudar a mejorar su paciencia, la concentración, la conciencia de sí mismo y estar presente en el momento, al tratar con simples retos como la arena desnivelada, el sol en los ojos, un perro de la calle que viene a decir hola, todas las maravillas de estar al aire libre, le ayudan a mejorar su práctica para lo mejor!
  6. Viento Refrescante! A menudo, una práctica de yoga puede ser caliente y sudorosa, especialmente si usted practica Ashtanga o una clase de estilo de flujo de Vinyasa! Practicar fuera y sentir la suave brisa ocasional, es refrescante y muy apreciada!
  7. La Naturaleza! Aparte de ver impresionantes amaneceres y puestas de sol al reves y sentir que el  estimulante natural cuando un pajarillo se acerca a ti, o si aparece un pez salta fuera del agua, cuando más se puede llegar a cabeza en un saludo al sol por el cielo y ver las hermosas nubes esponjosas y no un techo de madera o concreto?
  8. Gran Calentamiento para Surf! Si usted es amante del surf, o simplemente quiere nadar en el mar abierto, una práctica de yoga temprano en la mañana es una forma fantástica para calentar el cuerpo entero antes de sumergirse en el agua fresca de la mañana! Incluso si uno no suele nadar, es muy alentador contar con un chapuzón en el mar después de una práctica sudorosa que refresca!
  9. Económico! Practicar en la playa es gratuito! O si usted desea una clase general las clases son un precio bajo o pagar lo que usted puede! Una razón menos para no empezar!
  10. Social! Otro aspecto positivo que hace el yoga en la playa es que a menudo se ve amigos o conocer transeúntes que deciden participar! Esto puede ser una mezcla de ser sociable y conocer gente nueva, al mismo tiempo, puede ser un  reto para no distraerse de su propia práctica y olvidar por qué están realmente allí!
  11. Lista! No necesitas adaptarte a una clase en tu ajetreada rutina! La playa siempre está ahí (y si tienes suerte, el sol también!) Así que tienes una excusa menos para no hacer un poco de ejercicio!
  12. Diversión! ¿Dónde más podría ser distraído observando los surfistas, o sorprenderá de cómo se ve el cielo en este mismo momento!
  13. Sensación de fiesta! Si vives en una playa (Como yo) Tienes suerte, si no, ¿por qué no tomar ventaja de estar en la playa, una sensación de relajación completa, con el calor del sol, y cuandop sabes que no tienes ningún sita ni trabajo para ir apurrada!
  14. Se extiende un poco más. La práctica en un ambiente tan calmante le invita a sentirse relajado, sabiendo que se puede practicar por tan poco o tanto como quieres! Esto significa que se puede decir un poco más en cada pose, para conseguir un estiramiento más profundo.
  15. Alentar a los Demás! ¿Alguna vez has notado que algunos lugares están llenos de personas llenas de energía, (Me acuerdo de una visita al parque de Stanley en Vancouver tuve esa impresión!) Dondequiera que ves son los corredores, ciclistas, paseantes, gente haciendo thai chi en el parque! Al hacer ejercicio al aire libre a inspirar a otros a hacer lo mismo, por lo tanto, la creación de un ambiente de salud para vivir!
Si yo no te he dado suficientes razones, ¿por qué no vienes a la playa y ver si no se puede pensar en tus propias razones para practicar yoga en la playa! Contactarme por mas informacion 

Kids Yoga

posted 3 Jun 2013, 14:30 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 20 Jun 2013, 17:07 ]

Since I finished my Yoga Teacher Training Course I have been volunteering three times a week, at Apneyo:"Asociacion Por Los Niños Especiales Y Otros" Divino Niño Jesus" which is a local non-goverment organisation school for children with learning disabilities and poor children. I have been teaching yoga to 3 classes, of ages 3, 4 and 5 years old! We have been playing yoga games and burning off energy! We usually feel exhausted after the class more than a normal adults class!
For information about the school or any other information contact me here

Yoga Teacher Training

posted 3 Jun 2013, 14:14 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 20 Jun 2013, 17:08 ]

Well I cant believe that I finally completed my Drishti Yoga Teacher Training course! It was definitely the most intensive training I have ever done in my life! Fun, absolutely, but hard at the same time!

For about a year before the course, I had been practising half of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series on the beach almost every morning, but that was nothing to what was expected on the course!! It was good though, in a short time I definitely saw a change in my strength, flexibility, balance and mostly patience when I meditated!!!

A typical teaching day...

7.00am - 8.00am Medication a
nd discussion: Each day was a different meditation technique, which varied from counting the breath, to visualising a bird cage! The aim was to meditate for 30 minutes in slience, then write short notes about the experience, which was followed by a discussion about how we felt and if the technique worked for us! From the start I enjoyed the practice, but as with everything some days were more challenging than others!
8.00am - 9.30am Ashtanga/Vinyasa practice: A wonderfully invigorating way to start the day!
9.30am - 10.30am Wonderful breakfast
10.30am - 1.00pm Teaching Practice: After lunch was the time dedicated to teaching practice, we had a fantastic demonstration of the correct way to come in and out of each asana, also learning what muscles are stretched, strengthened and reasons not to do the posture, as well as how to give adjustments. For me the best part of the course was from the first day we were teaching, one asana at a time to the other students! I think this gave us all confidence from the start!
1.00pm -2.30pm Wonderful Yummy Lunch! I was luckily enough to receive an amazing gluten and dairy free menu for the duration of the course, by Esteban the fantastic chef at samana chakra
2.30pm - 4.00pm Philosophy: This was the most suprising part of the course, as I thought it would be very heavy, especally after trying to read the yoga Sutras by myself, I thought it would be very hard to understand. Sarah did an amazing do teaching us about the Chakras, Doshas, Medication Techniques, Yoga Mudras and the Yoga Sutras! I honestly dont think I have ever been so emotionally challenged either! At times it seemed like a group counselling session! I think we all shared a tear or two during the classes! I learnt a lot about myself, my reactions and why I am who I am. I was already interested in the chakras, but it was given me a different look at them, and their importance! 
4.00pm - 5.00pm Afternoon Practice: The afternoon classes gave us an understanding and experience of a variety of yoga, such as Yin, Hatha, resorative and Iyengar. I really enjoyed the afternoon yoga classes a lot!
5.00pm - 6.00pm Anatomy: A really enjoyable class, not only did we learn the obvious things you would expect in an anatomy class such as the bones, muscles used etc in relation to yoga, but we also learnt a great deal about why some people find a posture more dificult that another person, and often it comes done to more than just flexibility or strength, but their genes and... contraction and compression! extremely interesting and fun class!

I just cant believe it is over! Even thought it was challenging at times, it was definitely the best decision I have ever made! I just hope to continue with my yoga and who knows maybe hopefully teach one day too!!
For more information about Yoga or yoga classes please contact me

Vilcabamba Newsletter

posted 25 Mar 2013, 15:09 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 20 Jun 2013, 17:10 ]

It seems everywhere I look at the moment there are inspirational words about looking deeper within! I am in a group facebook feed, from a group of local people in Vilcabamba in Ecuador. (I have been looking into and thinking
that it is possibly is the next place to go?!) The administrator was talking about how our childhood can deeply affect us as adults, and someone responded something which I will copy and put here, it is very nicely written....

"There are four levels of consciousness. Most people never make it out of level one and are condemned to suffer in this self-imposed hell of an inner world. Here are the four levels of consciousness:

1. Unconscious Unconsciousness

At this stage you a
re not even aware that you are unconscious. You attract negative things into your life at a rapid pace, as if you have developed a negative ball of energy rolling down hill. Nothing is ever your fault and you are always looking for someone to blame.

2. Conscious Unconsciousness
Here you are aware of your negative thinking and the consequences that it might bring. You might see your negative pattern and have become aware of what it is that you are attracting. You may not like what you are attracting, but you have taken responsibility for it.

3. Conscious Consciousness
You deliberately decide to focus pure and positive thought on something and remove all resistance to its arrival. And, sure enough, it arrives. Your creation might be something as simple as visualizing a parking space opening up for you at the mall. You deliberately intended it, allowed it to come to you and acknowledged it when it arrives.

4. Unconscious Consciousness
When you get to this point, you do not have to work so hard to create things in your life. You are a believer in how the mind game is played and you spend conscious time each day making your mind important. New creations come to you easily and quickly. You have built a positive ball of energy that continues to roll forward in your favor. People call you the "lucky one"."

Do any of these sound familiar to you? if so which do you think you are? or do you think about anyone in particular maybe someone you are close to that fits in to one of these groups?

For more information about yoga or yoga classes please contact me


posted 24 Mar 2013, 20:25 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 13 Jun 2013, 18:32 ]

After my last post I have been thinking more about why I am worried about the course;  it is mainly comparing my fitness to those on the course who I dont yet know, which is stupid really, as it has nothing to do whether I will be able to teach or not!  It just so happens that in one of the recommended reading books I have just started, The Heart of Yoga :Developing Personal Practice, by
T.K.V. Desikachar, I have started reading about something called Avidya, which I would like to share, it mas made me think...

According to Avidya, we struggle to see things as they really are because of obsticles and negative emotions such as, Asmita (ego), Raga (attachment), Duesa (refusal) and Abhinivesa (fear). The stronger these areas in our mind are, the more likely they are to create problems, causing us to not think clearly before we do something.

In The Heart of Yoga, it actually gives what I have been feeling as an example 'if asanas are being practiced in a class, we have the tendency to compare ourselves with others, we notice someone who is more flexible than we are, which actually creates a distraction. Yet the practice of asanas isnt a sporting contest'.

The idea of a yoga practice, is the concentrate within, focusing on the breath, and the self. I guess that is why many people in a yoga class close their eyes, to stop themselves being distracted from their breath and what they feel in their body in each asana, compared to the gym, where many people look at themselves in a mirror.

As well as being interesting, it is an easy book to read, and gives clear examples of what might be a dificult topic to understand, here are some examples of the 4 branches of Avidya...
  • Asmita (Ego): Thoughts such as "I have to be better than other people", "I am the greatest" and "I know I am right!"
  • Raga (Attachment): We want something because we had it yesterday, not because we need it: "Yesterday I had a class of fruit juice, that tasted delicious and gave me the energy that I needed". Today something in me says: "I want another glass of this sweet juice", even though I dont really need it today, and it may not be good for me. We want things that we dont have, and what we have is not enough and we want more of it! We want to keep what we are asked to give away!
  • Dvesa (Refusal): In a certain way is the the oppersite of Raga. Dvesa expresses itself by rejecting things. We have a difficult experience and are afriad of repeating it, so we reject the people, the thoughts and the settings that relate to that experience, assuming they will bring us pain again. Dvesa also causes us to reject those things with which we are not familiar, even though we have no history with them, negative or positive.
  • Abhinivesa (Fear): This perhaps is the most secret aspect of Avidya and its expression is found on many levels of our everyday life. We feel uncertain. We have doubts about our position in life. We are afraid that people will judge us negatively. We feel uncertain when our lifestyle is upset. We do not want to grow old.
It is true that, sometimes we dont even notice how we are, until someone, or something such as a book or magazine points it out to us! It can be something as simple as a scene in a soap that can make us wake up and see that we change the way we act in our lives, and can actually create our own worries or problems!

By doing things consciously, slowly and with thought, we can observe the prescence of Avidya in our lifes, as it is the absence of Avidya that we notice, as we feel at peace, without stress or tension, just relaxed. A good example of this in the book is when we speak slowly, we are calm and speak from a peace within, where as when we are nervous or talking about an unknown topic or in a unconfortable situation, we tend to speak quicker, and jumbling our words, and oftern saying more than what is needed, and sometimes not finishing sentences, so it can actually seems more confusing to understand!...

What area to you think feel you struggle with, one, two or all the branches or Avidya? Or have you mastered this strength of the mind to come from a clear place of peace within? ...

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Yoga Practice...

posted 23 Mar 2013, 16:26 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 13 Jun 2013, 18:33 ]

In just over a week I will be starting my yoga teacher training course, with Drishti Yoga teacher training, in Samana Chakra, here in Mancora, Peru. 

It has been booked, for about 2 months now, however my emotions have changed dramatically in this time! They started off very excited and very kean to read and prepare, especally physically... I have been doing ashtanga vinyasa yoga, primary series, every morning on the beach, for about 1 1/2 hours, from 6.30am
, but as the course is due to start is a little over a week, I feel nervous and slightly anxious about the course! Have I practiced enough that I can focus more on what I need to learn rather than be behind and struggling with my physical state? Have I read enough before hand so that it wont all be a blur, and too much information to take in? I am not sure, and I guess with only one week left there isnt enough time to make dramatic improvement! Especally as I have a small electronic pad which I am using to read the required reading materials, however it isnt working very well, and I need to charge it up for 6-8 hours, for a maximun on 20-30 minutes! So I am reading very little, of the time that I am reading I am trying to read very quickly to get through as much as possible, which makes me feel like I am not getting enough in!

I am also slighly worried that the other people on the course will all be yoga experts, or could possibly have done a teacher training course before and just want to do this one to study a different type of yoga! I understand that teaching is a completely unique thing and especally as yoga isnt a competition, but I think it is natural that I am worried everyone will be more flexible and stronger than me. I have scoliosis which also means I have certain limitations when it comes to bending and twisting, but I will just have to stay positive that it wont affect me and that I am feeling nervous now, and on the course my nerves will disappear!...

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My first blog...

posted 22 Mar 2013, 17:10 by Sarah Lane   [ updated 22 Mar 2013, 17:25 ]

Well hello there, this is my first bog, and well an experiment to see how this all works.

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